WHAT: The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) announces the rollout of Digital Inclusion Centers throughout the District.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2012; 11:00 - 11:30 am
WHERE: UDC-CC Shadd Campus; 5601 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20019
WHO: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (ORCA), Digital Inclusion Initiative (DII), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, Department of Employment Services (DOES), Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), DC Public Library (DCPL), Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP), University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC), Byte Back
VISUALS: Digital Inclusion Center at UDC-CC Shadd will be open for photo opportunities.
BACKGROUND: Earlier this year, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer through the Digital Inclusion Initiative began a partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs, DC Public Library, and the University of the District of Columbia Community College to establish a pilot Digital Inclusion Center in Ward 7 (UDC-CC Shadd Campus). The Center provides computer resources and training to the District’s returning citizens. Approximately two hundred men and women with prior criminal justice involvement are expected to complete some computer training by the end of 2012; an estimated twenty-five percent increase is projected for next year.
Recently, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the Department of Parks and Recreation established a Digital Inclusion Center in Ward 4 (Riggs LaSalle). This Center will enable DPR to provide digital literacy courses and other programming to District residents.
The purpose of the April 17 press conference is to announce these programs, as part of a larger effort to roll out several Digital Inclusion Centers across the District in the coming years through multiple agency partnerships. These Centers will provide for more widespread use of modern technology resources by District residents. At the press conference, OCTO will also announce the upcoming Community Broadband Summit on April 28, 2012, where OCTO and partners will—as part of the overall program—engage the public in conversations about how to further develop the Centers.
Jill Melnicki (202) 442-3201